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"In Sickness and in Health" Episode #2.5 (1986)

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2 October 1986 (Season 2, Episode 5)
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Rita buys Alf a second-hand jacket, and when he notices it is covered in medals he uses it to try to gain all sorts of favours under false pretences. He also gets a visit from canvassing politicians. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Richard Boden 
 
Writing credits
Johnny Speight (written by)

Produced by
Roger Race .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Mike Robotham 
 
Production Design by
Paul Allen 
 
Costume Design by
Odette Barrow 
 
Makeup Department
Cheryl Wright .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Andy Smith .... production manager
 
Art Department
Kim Robinson .... properties buyer
 
Sound Department
Alan Machin .... sound supervisor
Barrie Tharby .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Kay .... camera supervisor
Barry McCann .... camera operator
Peter Smee .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
Andy Quested .... editor: video tape
Angela Wilson .... vision mixer
 
Music Department
Chas Hodges .... composer: theme music (as Chas & Dave)
Dave Peacock .... composer: theme music (as Chas & Dave)
 
Other crew
Sarah Gowers .... assistant floor manager
Penny Thompson .... production assistant
Lance Wood .... technical coordinator
 
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"You've got the wrong chap, old chap!", 26 September 2008
Author: AdamFontaine from Ambrosia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Rita gives Alf a jacket she bought in a charity shop. He is offended at the thought of being given someone's cast-offs, but changes his tune when he sees medals sewn on to the breast pocket. An idea occurs to him.

The next Saturday, Alf wears the jacket to the West Ham football stadium, with Marigold pushing him in Else's wheelchair. Posing as a crippled war veteran, he tries to gain access to the disabled stand, but an attendant ( Ron Pember ) disputes his entitlement ( possibly he remembers Alf tried to pull a similar stunt in Season 1 ), and Alf does not help matters when he begins frantically waving his legs about. When his team scores, he is so elated he jumps out of the chair and does a little victory dance, forgetting he is meant to be disabled.

Later, Alf catches Rita putting 'Vote Labour' posters in his window, and loses his rag. The argument escalates when first Marigold joins in, and then a canvassing Labour candidate ( Graeme Garden ), followed by Mrs.Hollingbery. The Indian shopkeeper ( Renu Setna ) we saw two episodes back reappears, now standing as a Tory candidate...

The first part of this episode is very good, with Alf behaving as though the medals on his new jacket are really his, but the second where he brings a whole street to a standstill by shouting at the Labour candidate only manages to annoy, not amuse. It is here that you appreciate the contribution made to 'Till Death Us Do Part' by Tony Booth. He would have told Alf to shut up, or attempted to deflate his pomposity in some way. But here everyone stands around, arms folded, listening to what he has to say. Ex-'Goodie' Graeme Garden makes a welcome appearance, he also appeared in 'Yes, Minister' as I recall, and it is a pity he was not used more often in sitcoms.

I'm with Alf regarding the posters. It is his flat, after all, not Rita's. Her childish behaviour looks like a cheap attempt to wind up her father for the sake of a few laughs.

Funniest moment - Alf's victory dance at the stadium, followed by a cry of "Its a miracle!".

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